To enjoy all Insight Genesis features, update your sonar/GPS unit’s software

Software-update-screenWhen was the last time you updated the software on your boat’s sonar/GPS unit(s)? If you don’t remember, it’s time to install an update!

To enjoy all the Insight Genesis and other GoFree features of which your sonar-GPS unit is capable, you must be running up-to-date software. A recent software upgrade, for example, enables Premium Insight Genesis subscribers to assign custom colors to highlight depth ranges that are of the most interest to them (stay tuned to this blog for for a soon-to-be published how-to article!). Additionally, if your sonar/GPS unit is not running up-to-date software, your Insight Genesis maps will not likely display properly — or not display at all, in some cases. Outdated software can also result in maps that are slow to load and/or slow to refresh as you drive across the water.

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How to back up Lowrance HDS waypoints before upgrading software for new C-MAP Genesis features

06-saved-s-usrWhenever we release new a feature for C-MAP Genesis, anglers and boaters must often download and install new software (often also called “firmware”) to enable their Lowrance, Simrad or B&G unit(s) to run the latest and the greatest. One such software upgrade, for example, allows Genesis users to set custom color palettes to highlight the depth ranges that are of most interest to them.

But before you upgrade your software/firmware, we recommend you first back-up all of your waypoints, tracks and trails by saving them on an SD card. Continue reading

Insight Genesis maps now display in blue-scale on Lowrance Elite units too

Elite_blue-scale-CollageInsight Genesis custom contour maps now display on Lowrance Elite sonar/GPS units in the same dazzling blue-scale color palette previously available only on HDS Gen2 and Gen3 units and in online displays. This new GoFree feature will enhance the fish-finding experience for thousands of anglers in the Lowrance community.

No software download is necessary to enable the new blue-scale feature for Elite units. Any map files you download going forward will automatically display in blue-scale on your Elite unit.

“With our enhanced Insight Genesis offering, we are breaking the cartography mold,” says Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company of Lowrance and GoFree. “We now offer unparalleled options for creating unmatched contour charts.” Continue reading

Insight Genesis bottom-hardness, vegetation, map layers help Skeet, Edwin, find fish fast

Skeet-Cross-CollageIn the videos below, Skeet Reese and Edwin Evers show off the game-changing Insight Genesis bottom-hardness and vegetation map layers. These innovative fish-finding tools, Skeeet says, are “totally different than anything we’ve seen before.”

With its bottom-hardness and vegetation map layers, Insight Genesis is “giving us a lot more tools to break down a lake” faster, Skeet says. “It’s pretty cool,” he says. “Insight Genesis is allowing us to be a lot more efficient on the water.”

Edwin agrees.

“It’s going to be so helpful today, to be able to break this lake down in a hurry,” he says. “It’s going to be a big, big, huge help. I think it’s going to be a big factor today. … It will really help me formulate a game plan.”

Skeet and Edwin’s observations came prior to launching on Louisiana’s Cross Lake in the second sudden-death round of Major League Fishing’s 2015 Shell Rotella Challenge Cup. All boats in MLF competition are outfitted with Lowrance HDS Gen2 GPS/sonar units loaded with Insight Genesis or Lake Insight HD contour maps. Lake Insight and Insight Genesis maps are exclusive to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G sonar/GPS units.

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Alton Jones wins MLF round on hump found with Insight Genesis

Alton-hump-COLLAGEAlton Jones won Elimination Round 3 of Major League Fishing’s 2015 Summit Cup by getting away from the crowd fishing visible cover and instead targeting offshore structure he found with an Insight Genesis contour map on a Lowrance HDS Gen 2 Touch chartplotter.

“I saw a good-looking spot on my Lowrance contours, on the GPS mapping, and found a little hump that was absolutely loaded with fish – the kind of school you dream about finding,” Alton said in an interview at the end of the Outdoor Channel’s broadcast of his MLF Round 3 victory on Messalonskee Lake in Maine.

That’s a pretty neat feat for an angler who was using a Lowrance HDS Gen 2 Touch unit for the first time.

“This is my first experience using this particular unit,” Alton confided in a pre-competition interview. “I’m really impressed with the contours I’m getting on the HDS 9.”

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Major League Fishing anglers finding fish fast with Lowrance electronics, Insight Genesis maps

Suggs-Round-3-Preview-COLLAGEWhen fishing a lake for the first time, a highly detailed contour map is an angler’s primary tool for determining where fish will bite.

That’s why Insight Genesis maps and Lowrance electronics are so valuable to Major League Fishing anglers, who get no practice time before competing on lakes they’ve never been to – or even seen.

Unlike Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour tournaments, Major League Fishing competitions do not allow two-and-a-half days of on-the-water practice. Rather, MLF anglers are given only 15 minutes to drive around the lake before their competition day begins.

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Major League mapping!

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Edwin Evers was one of several MLF competitors who recorded sonar logs while competing in Maine in order to update existing Lowrance Insight maps with even greater detail via Insight Genesis. (Photo courtesy Major League Fishing)

When Major League Fishing left Maine, the anglers took memories of exciting, fish-catching action on beautiful natural lakes full of bass. They left sonar data to improve fishing maps for those lakes.

“There’s not even a Navionics [map] for this lake,” said Lowrance Pro Team angler Edwin Evers before an MLF elimination round on of the many picturesque bass fisheries in Maine’s Belgrade Lakes region, near Waterville. “I’m going to be sonar-logging, so there’s going to be lots of information for you to use.”

Evers was one of several MLF competitors who recorded sonar logs while competing in Maine in order to update existing Lowrance Insight maps with even greater detail via Insight Genesis. Savvy anglers use Lowrance’s free Insight Genesis service to make custom contour maps of un-mapped bodies of water, improve contour detail on previously mapped waters, and to discover and dissect spot-on-the-spot areas on fish-holding structure.

“Folks, I’m telling you, get involved with Insight Genesis,” says Lowrance Pro Team angler Ish Monroe. “It’s going to make your fishing a whole lot better, because you can create your own maps and you’ll get a lot of information that you never had before on a lake that might not have any maps on it.” Continue reading